Attacks on Israeli police in East Jerusalem are not terrorism

Israel/Palestine
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East Jerusalem is occupied by Israel. It is also illegally annexed. It is also illegally separated from the rest of the West Bank by an illegal wall. In Jerusalem, Israel boasts of 220,000 illegal Jewish settlers settled on land confiscated from 300,000 Palestinian residents who are now landless. It boasts of 50,000 illegally displaced Palestinian Arabs and 685 illegally demolished Palestinian homes that have rendered 2,500 Palestinian Arabs homeless [see sources for this this information here]. All of this is legalized through Israel’s jurisprudence, but never legitimized as its fundamental human rights violations are enshrined in military occupation law.

Although the US and Israel both reject the concept of state terrorism (i.e. acts of violence practiced by official state agencies), the above description of Israel’s policies and actions in East Jerusalem should be regarded as terrorist activities. Israel’s violent activities are premeditated, political in nature, and aimed at civilians – i.e., all the factors generally accepted to constitute elements of terrorism.

The nature of Israel’s violence in Jerusalem (as well as in the other occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) is highlighted by the extrajudicial and brutal erasure of Palestinians who exercise their internationally recognized right to resist as described by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/33/24 of 29 November 1978:

  1. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, particularly armed struggle;

Israel has a long history of extrajudicial killing of Palestinians in and outside Palestine and also a history of trying to prevent reporters from exposing its policy of extra-judicial killing. As Palestinian resistance increases, so does the proliferation of Israel’s extrajudicial killings:

Human Rights Watch has documented numerous statements since October 2015, by senior Israeli politicians, including the police minister and defense minister, calling on police and soldiers to shoot to kill suspected attackers, irrespective of whether lethal force is actually strictly necessary to protect life. (Israel/Palestine: Some Officials Backing ‘Shoot-to-Kill’)

So, what to make of the incidents that took place on June 16, 2017, in which three Palestinian young men reportedly conducted two attacks on Israeli police in Jerusalem?

two Palestinians were shot dead after opening fire at and trying to stab a group of Israeli police officers on Friday night, police said. At the other, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police…. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the stabbing but the militant Palestinian organisation Hamas and the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said the three attackers and were their own members…. Palestinian media named the attackers as Adel Ankush, 18, from a village near Ramallah, Bra’a Salah, 18, from the same village, and Amar Bedui, 31 from Hebron.

Since September 2015, Palestinian assailants have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks. In that time, about 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. Israel identified most of them as attackers.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded by social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.

Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state. (Israeli police officer stabbed to death in Jerusalem attack)

The excerpt from The Guardian above lays out all the dimensions of the tragedy, but in the wrong order.

The reference to the Islamic State is in the subheading of the article, “Three Palestinians armed with knives and a home-made gun launched two attacks and were shot dead in attack claimed by Islamic State”, but the refutation of it is buried inside the story. The Israeli side of the report is up front, the Palestinian side is literally in the last line of the report. The three young men involved are said to have “entered Jerusalem from the West Bank,” as if occupied and illegally annexed East Jerusalem is not part of the West Bank and as if the village of these young men, Deir Abu Mash’al (Dayr Abu-Mashal/Meshal), northwest of Ramallah does not share the same confiscation of land by Israel and Jewish settlement ringing it as does East Jerusalem.

Here is a little bit of information from the village profile online that will connect the dots for you:

The Israeli government confiscated hundreds of dunums of lands in Deir Abu Mashal to open Israeli bypass road no. 465. This road is constructed and open to connect the Israeli settlements surrounding the village with each other. The real threat of bypass roads lies in the buffer zone formed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) along these roads, extending to approximately 75 m on the roads sides.” (Deir Abu Mash’al (Dayr Abu-Mashal/Meshal), Ramallah gov.)

In all justice, we should be condemning the instigators of the violence in Jerusalem, the brutal oppression and erasure of Palestinians meant to ensure the “Jewish character”, i.e., the “right” of Israel to exist as a Jewish state on stolen land. We should do what the United Nations General Assembly has already done (Resolution A/RES/33/24): “Strongly condemns all Governments which do not recognize the right to self-determination and independence of peoples under colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation, notably the peoples of Africa and the Palestinian people.”

About Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank.

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  1. jd65
    June 22, 2017, 12:57 am

    Thank you, Rima. Well written, direct, and true. As I commented on another article here at MW, this particular recent event that triggered your article (the killing of these three Palestinians and the one Israeli police officer), for some reason, feels to me like the kind of thing Israel uses as pretext for mass slaughter. I’m of course hoping my feeling is wrong. All the best to you…

    • eljay
      June 22, 2017, 8:19 am

      || jd65: Thank you, Rima. Well written, direct, and true. … ||

      I agree. And I echo the sentiment that this article – unlike this one – was well-written and direct.

  2. Arafatbastard
    June 22, 2017, 8:14 am

    The obvious flaw in this article and its presumptions, is that, in reality, the Jews were ethnically cleansed from the Eastern part of Jerusalem in 1948, by Jordan, so they have every right to resist, rather than the Palestinian Jordanians who were then moved into Jewish property and areas after the War of Independence.

    Nice that you condone premeditated murder. Be careful out there.

    • genesto
      June 22, 2017, 1:14 pm

      Thanks for your Bizarro World, everything-is-the- opposite-of-what-is- historical-fact take on the issue.

      Truly enlightening!

      • Arafatbastard
        June 24, 2017, 11:59 am

        So, who demolished 18 synagogues in the Eastern part of Jerusalem?

        Presumably you’ve got that one down as some kind of Jewish “false flag” operation.

        You probably think a Jew shot JR, and Mossad did Pearl Harbor, and 9/11, of course.

      • Mooser
        June 24, 2017, 12:52 pm

        “You probably think a Jew shot JR, and Mossad did Pearl Harbor, and 9/11, of course.”

        If Mondo ever gets short of pelf, try approaching the English-language Zionist sites with the threat: ‘Pay up, pal, or we will send “Arafatbastard” and “Emet” and “Yonah” and the rest back to your blogs and comment threads!’

    • Talkback
      June 22, 2017, 9:40 pm

      Arafatbastard: “The obvious flaw in this article and its presumptions, is that, in reality, the Jews were ethnically cleansed from the Eastern part of Jerusalem in 1948, by Jordan, …”

      In 1967 the Jewish Apartheid Junta ethnically cleansed about 300.000 Palestinians. Between 1967 and the Oslo Accords it ethnically cleansed another quarter of a million by revoking their residential rights in Jerusalem. Alltogether between 1948 until today your beloved Apartheid Junta managed to ethnically cleanse more than 1.5 Million Nonjews. So how many Jews were ethnically cleansed?

      “… so they have every right to resist, rather than the Palestinian Jordanians …”

      ROFL. Of course. There had to be some racist twist. right? Only Jews have “every” right to resist ethnic cleansing. Why don’t you call yourself Kahanebastard?

      Arafatbastard… “… who were then moved into Jewish property and areas …”

      In 1948 alone about 100,000 Jews moved into Palestinian property. How many Jews moved to Palestine under British Gun and its enforced immigration?

      Arafatbastard: “… after the War of Independence …”

      ROFL “War of Independence”?. Independent from what? International law? Human rights law? Intelligence? Honesty? It was just the opposite. A war of settler colonialism against the naties.

    • zaid
      June 23, 2017, 9:23 am

      Arafatbastard,

      Answer with legitimate sources :How many Jews were ethnically cleansed from East Jerusalem and in which neighborhood did they live and were they indigenous to these Areas or were they Illegal recent settlers.

      The International court of Justice , The UN security council, and the General assembly recognizes East Jerusalem as an occupied Palestinian Territories and the right to resist occupation including the use of force is entrenched in international norms and laws .

      So yes the killing of the Israel soldier is totally legitimate and is not an act of terrorism according to international law.

      UN Security council Resolution 2334:

      “Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the
      Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal
      validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law ”

      “Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition,
      character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East
      Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements,
      transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and
      displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law
      and relevant resolutions,”

      http://www.un.org/webcast/pdfs/SRES2334-2016.pdf

  3. Emet
    June 22, 2017, 4:23 pm

    Rima, can we expect a comment from you on Arafatbastard’s mention of Jews being ethnically cleansed from parts of Jerusalem in 1948?

    And whilst you are mentioning Jordan’s actions, you may want to remind the readers here that before Jordan took over East Jerusalem in 1948 Jews could access the Western Wall and also ascend the Temple Mount without major issues. But when Jordan took brief charge between 1948 and 1967, they banned access to Jews. Thinking that one can rely on Muslims to insure religious freedom is a sad joke.

    • Talkback
      June 22, 2017, 9:18 pm

      Emet: “Rima, can we expect a comment from you on Arafatbastard’s mention of Jews being ethnically cleansed from parts of Jerusalem in 1948?”

      I think its great that you and Arafatbastard support the right to return for Jew and Nonjews (and their descendants) who were citizens of Palestine before 1948, Emet.

      Emet: “Thinking that one can rely on Muslims to insure religious freedom is a sad joke.”

      Thinking that one can rely on Jews to insure religious freedom is a sad joke:
      https://www.google.de/search?q=israel+prevents+christians

    • John O
      June 23, 2017, 4:18 am

      “… before Jordan took over East Jerusalem in 1948 Jews could access the Western Wall and also ascend the Temple Mount without major issues.”

      Interesting comment. What happened in 1948 to bring about this unfortunate state of affairs? Could it have been the creation of Israel? Sounds like the Zionists shot themselves in the foot.

      • jon s
        June 24, 2017, 3:16 pm

        zaid,
        The Western Wall is not a Jewish site? Are you serious? I wonder why all those Jews are praying there? Even if you were right about it not being considered significant before the 19th century -and you’re not!- those last 200 years should mean something.

        Anyway here’s Benjamin of Tudela, writing in the 12th century:

        “Jerusalem[80] has four gates—the gate of Abraham, the gate of David, the gate of Zion, and the gate of Gushpat, which is the gate of Jehoshaphat, facing our ancient Temple, now called Templum Domini. Upon the site of the sanctuary Omar ben al Khataab erected an edifice with a very large and magnificent cupola, into which the Gentiles do not bring any image or effigy, but they merely come there to pray. In front of this place is the western wall, which is one of the walls of the Holy of Holies. This is called the Gate of Mercy, and thither come all the Jews to pray before the wall of the court of the Temple.”
        (Benjamin was of course misinformed in attributing the wall to the Holy of Holies. It actually was one of the outer walls of the temple complex.)

        http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14981/14981-h/14981-h.htm#bpage_22

      • zaid
        June 24, 2017, 7:23 pm

        Jon s

        According to the Mishna Middot (Chapter B Paragraph A) the Temple mount was 500 x 500 Cubit which is around 60 Dunams and According to Josephous Flavius (Historian from that era) the Temple Mount was a Ris x Ris which is 36 Dunams.

        The Alqsa Mount is more 144 Dunams!

        So the dimensions just dont match , thus it is highly unlikely that the Temple of Herod (Arab King) existed in that area.

      • zaid
        June 24, 2017, 7:37 pm

        Jon s

        I thought the bad muslims didnot allow jews to pray there and only jews provided freedom of worship!

        Plz forward your citation to Emet .

      • jon s
        June 25, 2017, 1:31 am

        zaid,

        1.Benjamin of Tudela made his journey when the country was under Crusader rule, but don’t worry, there are plenty of other references to the significance of the Western Wall ,including under Muslim rule.

        2.The location of the temple on the Temple mount is not in question. The dimensions of the compound have varied . The present Haram a-Sharif is probably much larger than the temple compound during the 2nd temple period.

        3. Herod was an Arab? Herod was a Jew of Edomite origin . Years before his birth, the Hasmonean ruler John Hyrcanus had forced the Edomites to convert.

      • yonah fredman
        June 25, 2017, 3:30 am

        Zaid- the rabbis, to whom we entrust interpretation and tradition regarding Mishna Middos (or Midot), agree as one, that the forbidden areas are on what is called the Temple Mount. Can you even read the Mishna in its original?

      • zaid
        June 25, 2017, 10:53 am

        Jon S

        ” there are plenty of other references to the significance of the Western Wall ,including under Muslim rule.”

        Tell that to people like Emet who says that Jews could only pray there under Jewish Rule, your issue is with her not me .

        “The dimensions of the compound have varied ”

        It expanded because of heat, it must be global warming….what a joke.

        “The present Haram a-Sharif is probably much larger than the temple compound during the 2nd temple period.”

        5 times larger to be precise, with no rational explanation why!

        By the way even if you assume that the original mount (as if mountains grow!) was from the western wall to the Dome of the Rock (Highest point) that would still be more than 100 Dunams! which is 3 times the size mentioned in the Mishnah and by Flavius.

        Solve this riddle for me please?

        ” Herod was an Arab? Herod was a Jew of Edomite origin ”

        Dont take it from me , take it from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

        “Herod was born in southern Palestine. His father, Antipater, was an Edomite (a Semitic people, identified by some scholars as Arab, who converted to Judaism in the 2nd century bce). Antipater was a man of great influence and wealth who increased both by marrying the daughter of a noble from Petra (in southwestern Jordan), at that time the capital of the rising Arab Nabataean kingdom. Thus, Herod was of Arab origin”

        https://www.britannica.com/biography/Herod-king-of-Judaea

      • zaid
        June 25, 2017, 10:55 am

        “Can you even read the Mishna in its original?”

        No but i know that 144 Dunams is bigger than 60 Dunams…..They call it math.

      • MHughes976
        June 25, 2017, 3:34 pm

        Herod’s mother was ‘Cypros, of a distinguished Arab family’ – J Antiquities XIV 121. Note Greek name. This was a time of cultural mixing. The Idumaeans seem to have been an important part of the population of Judaea in Hellenistic times, with Hebron as their main centre. They had come under increasing pressure to conform to the strict customs of Hasmonean Judaism, though their leading families were taking a more and more prominent place in Hasmonean society, ending up with the kingship itself. Who was what could be problematic. Herod was called ‘a half-Jew’ by his Hasmonean rival Antigonus, which alluded to the Biblical principle that no foreigner could be King. It’s interesting that in practice Herod could overcome that problem, to be both Arab and Jew – the latter he certainly was by religious commitment.

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2017, 10:25 am

        “I wonder why all those Jews are praying there?”

        Because they get paid to do it. They get time-and-a-half on Saturdays, too.
        Everybody knows Jews will not pray for anything they consider a selfish interest, unless they get over scale!

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2017, 10:38 am

        Hey “Jon s” and “Yonah”, get a clue, will ya?

    • zaid
      June 23, 2017, 9:30 am

      Emet, Jews were not ethnically cleansed from anywhere in Palestine , you are projecting what the Israelis did on the Palestinians.

      The “Western Wall” is not a Jewish Site. and Jews never considered the place of any importance prior to the 19th Century. The wall is part of Alqsa Mosque which means it is exclusively a Palestinian/ Muslim Site.

      “Thinking that one can rely on Muslims to insure religious freedom is a sad joke.”

      Mondoweiss Comment Policy:

      1. No racist or sexist comments. This includes anti-Arab, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments (and yes, Christian-bashing too).

      • Talkback
        June 25, 2017, 6:33 am

        Zaid: “Emet, Jews were not ethnically cleansed from anywhere in Palestine , you are projecting what the Israelis did on the Palestinians.”

        The Jews of the Jewish quarter were expelled after their surrender If your opinion is that Palestine includes all of historic Palestine than these Jews are at least internally displaced persons.

        zaid: The “Western Wall” is not a Jewish Site. and Jews never considered the place of any importance prior to the 19th Century. The wall is part of Alqsa Mosque …”

        ROFL The wall was build as an EXPANSION of the Second JEWISH Temple.

        Zaid: “… which means it is exclusively a Palestinian/ Muslim Site.”

        You seem to suffer from the same exclusivism Zionists do.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 23, 2017, 11:37 am

      Rima, can we expect a comment from you on Arafatbastard’s mention of…

      so the bastard makes a preposterous inflammatory claim and emet, his helpful sidekick, doubles down in starting another subthread requesting the author herself address the preposterousness. emet’s piggybacked ‘support spamming’ of the bastards inflammatory lying claims — is all to transparent.

      simultaneously on another thread (http://mondoweiss.net/2017/06/iftar-on-the-rubble/)he’s claiming another of our esteemed authors, Nora Lester Murad, is a hypocrite for referencing Al-Quds. i can’t stand this denigrating filth in our comment sections.

      • Mooser
        June 23, 2017, 11:59 am

        “i can’t stand this denigrating filth in our comment sections.”

        I think it’s nice that Mondo gives more free speech to Zionists than English-language Zionist sites do. Mondo is saving those Zionist sites a lot of embarrassment.

      • Eva Smagacz
        June 23, 2017, 1:39 pm

        And this is exactly an evolution of Mondoweiss that I have been referring to – more (circumspect) comments about the issue here: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/06/mondoweiss-journalists-reporting/#comment-882525

      • Annie Robbins
        June 23, 2017, 2:16 pm

        i saw your comments the other day eva. my suggestion would be to write phil and adam. it’s out of my hands. if i had my druthers mondoweiss would not allow trolls/spammers. especially (seemingly professional) ones that appear to reemerge after being banned by a different name and comment incessantly.

      • Arafatbastard
        June 24, 2017, 12:04 pm

        You are quite pathetic.

        Jewish, but anti-Jewish.

        You seem quite happy for all manner of Jew-haters to post here, but when somebody posts stuff that disrupts the voices in your head, you cry foul.

        Are you really saying that the 2,000 Jewish inhabitants of the Jewish Quarter weren’t ethnically cleansed in 1948, and their property occupied by Jordanians?

      • zaid
        June 24, 2017, 12:35 pm

        ArafatBastard,

        “Are you really saying that the 2,000 Jewish inhabitants of the Jewish Quarter weren’t ethnically cleansed in 1948, and their property occupied by Jordanians?”

        Yes i am saying that.

        Next .

      • zaid
        June 24, 2017, 12:38 pm

        “i can’t stand this denigrating filth in our comment sections”

        Actually it is helpful since it shows the reader what an abomination Zionisim Is and what kind of people believe in it.

      • Mooser
        June 24, 2017, 1:04 pm

        “You are quite pathetic. Jewish, but anti-Jewish.”

        Yeah, there’s a lot of that going around. “Jewish, but anti-Jewish”. Terrible ain’t it?
        Out-marriage rate well above 50%, “Assimilation” is even higher. Great majority of Jews neglect all observance. Anti-Zionism is gaining a strong foothold in the (read it and weep) “diaspora”

        Jeez, with a good three-quarters of Jews “Jewish, but anti-Jewish”, what chance do we have? Every trend shows us disappearing, or even worse Judaism will become merely a religion!

      • Sibiriak
        June 24, 2017, 2:33 pm

        Re: Arafatbastard:”… 2,000 Jewish inhabitants of the Jewish Quarter […] ethnically cleansed in 1948
        ——————————-

        Samih K. Farsoun and Naseer H. Aruri ” Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History ” (p. 335, emphasis added):

        Over thirty thousand of the inhabitants of the Arab villages and urban centersaround Jerusalem were driven out by force or fled the outbreak of violence, several months before two thousand Jews were forced out of the Jewish quarter in the Old City by the Jordanians. 20

        20. Edward Said, “Projecting Jerusalem,” Journal of Palestine Studies 25 (Autumn tumn 1995): 7.

        ————————————

        Benny Morris, “1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War” (separate excerpts):

        In truth, however, the Jews committed far more atrocities than the Arabs and killed far more civilians and POWs in deliberate acts of brutality in the course of 1948. This was probably due to the circumstance that the victorious Israelis captured some four hundred Arab villages and towns during April-November 1948, whereas the Palestinian Arabs and ALA failed to take any settlements and the Arab armies that invaded in mid-May overran fewer than a dozen Jewish settlements.

        * * * *

        The fears of the [Jewish] quarter’s inhabitants proved groundless; the Legion had learned its lesson from K far `Etzion. The [Jordanian] Legionnaires deployed in force and protected the Jews from the wrath of the gathering Arab mob. The soldiers shot dead at least two Arabs and wounded others as they guarded the Jews.

        One POW recalled: “We were all surprised by the Legion’s behavior toward us. We all thought that of the soldiers [that is, Haganah men] none would remain alive…. [We feared a massacre. But] the Legion protected us even from the mob, they helped take out the wounded, they themselves carried the stretchers…. They gave us food, their attitude was gracious and civil.” 193

        The Legionnaires took prisoner 290 healthy males, aged fifteen to fifty-two-thirds two-thirds of them, in fact, noncombatants-and fifty-one of the wounded. The other wounded and twelve hundred inhabitants were accompanied by the Legionnaires to Zion Gate and freed. 194 The quarter was then systematically pillaged and razed by the mob. The fall of the Jewish Quarter, an important national site, dealt a severe blow to Yishuv morale.

        * * * *

        During the “civil war,” when the opportunity arose, Palestinian militiamen who fought alongside the Arab Legion consistently expelled Jewish inhabitants and razed conquered sites, as happened in the `Etzion Bloc and the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

        Subsequently, the Arab armies behaved in similar fashion. All the Jewish settlements conquered by the invading Jordanian, Syrian, and Egyptian armies-about a dozen in all, including Beit Ha arava, Neve Yaakov, and Atarot in the Jordanian sector; Masada and Sha’ar Hagolan in the Syrian sector; and Yad Mordechai, Nitzanim, and Kfar Darom in the Egyptian sector-were razed after their inhabitants had fled or been incarcerated or expelled.

      • jon s
        June 24, 2017, 3:39 pm

        In 1948 the Jews were ethnically cleansed from the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem . The Hurva synagogue – where my grandfather and great-grandfather used to pray – was blown up by the Jordanian Arab Legion. In fact in every location in which the Arab side gained the upper hand not one Jew was left. The ethnic cleansing was total.

      • Talkback
        June 25, 2017, 6:14 am

        Don’t be mean Zaid. Of course the Jews of the Jewish quarters were forced to leave after their surrender.

        And Araftbastard, Emet and Jon s also admitted that more than 750,000 Nonjewish Palestinians wer expelled and that more than 400 of their villages were razed by Jewish terrorists and seperatists. They also support the right of retun for everybody, not only Jews.

        They are not like these soulless supremacist shmocks who are caught in denial and dehumanize others by ignoring their fundamental human rights.

      • MHughes976
        June 25, 2017, 3:03 pm

        I think that the Wall is of problematic origin. I do think that it’s clear that the Temple Mount site was expanded artificially – it grew (Galor and Bloedhorn Archaeology of Jerusalem p. 76-77) beyond the natural Mount Moriah by a remarkable feat of engineering. Josephus refers to this expansion in Antiquities XV 398, though he thinks it goes back to So,omon’s time. This is the passage where he gives the dimension of 1 square stade for the Temple, considered rather too small. G and B provide plans and images, which may not be wholly plausible but don’t look impossible to me, for what that’s worth, A lot of the esplanade seems to be unused and the Antonia fortress has rather a toytown look. The relationship between Temple and fortress is not yet understood.
        Mind you, the fundamental human rights which Talkback mentions are quite well understood, though obscured by shameful and cruel rhetoric, and they are the important thing.

  4. Mooser
    June 23, 2017, 2:49 pm

    .” if i had my druthers mondoweiss would not allow trolls/spammers”

    They can have a deleterious effect on me. They make me want to quote Judith Miller instead of the properly humble “there but for the grace of God…” attitude I should take.

    • Mooser
      June 24, 2017, 12:23 pm

      Oh, the hell with it.
      I WAS RIGHT! I WAS F–KING PROVED RIGHT! I was appalled and repelled from the very first.
      (Sorry, sorry, but I’ve been waiting a half-century. I won’t do it again)

      • gamal
        June 24, 2017, 1:35 pm

        i don’t want to worry you but there are a few indications that you may be a Prophet, you knew instinctively and all along, you told the Jews, did they listen? and you were right as now we are all in for some tribulation, I’d expect a call from Marc Ellis, congrats and all, but the band should be called Baal and the Jeremiads, none of your shrubbery is burning is it, if so take off shoes before approaching, because Mooser you will be standing on Holy ground.

      • Mooser
        June 26, 2017, 10:19 am

        “but there are a few indications that you may be a Prophet”

        Nah. A Prophet wouldn’t have re-written his Bar Mitzvah speech after being reminded that the checks came at the reception after the service.

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